by Mason Paull
All my adult life I have pursed big fish. With my trout fishing I really only got serious when a mate showed me a monster from Lake Crescent. From then on it became an annual trip to Crescent, for 5 days at a time. We would fish hard for the days were there using bait and spin gear. My biggest fish from the Crescent was a neat 10lb.
I had some work to do in Hobart yesterday & Trev came along for support just in case we found a small stream somewhere on the way back.
“It so happened” that we did stumble across the Tyenna River after about an hour driving from Hobart.
We soon found a spot to start the search for our first ever Tyenna trout.
As soon as we started looking, we spotted fish ... Not that easy to catch though, being this close to the road.
I think they might have had every lure and fly in southern Tasmania chucked at them.
I had a couple of hours off today so I decided to hook on the tinny and explore the South Esk River in my little 12 foot tinny. I managed 7 in very short time, 3 taken on a klinkhammer dry and the rest on the orange bead - head nymph.
I had an appointment at Devonport planned today, so I organised a day off work, I also thought with all the rivers down that way, why wouldn't I take the boat? Naturally Trev came along for the ride , ..with the Leven our river of choice. With only a couple of hours to spare, we were hoping to snare a sea runner; hopefully I would be lucky this time, especially after Trevs effort last week.
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Tim Morris MP Greens Water Spokesperson,Thursday,27 September 2012
Another day at the Tyenna had me land this 10.5lb solid buck brown..
Just a short stroll from the main Derwent River itself, a quiet little spot had me hooked straight away as I stood looking through the thick scrub at two very nice fish from what I could make out two very nice size females est 5-8lb.
Had a quick flick at the road bridge at Latrobe yesterday on the Spreyton side on the top side of the bridge, had my little man set up with a worm on beside the bridge so I could not cover water but still managed 2 nice fish on a rapala husky jerk. Water level has just dropped nicely and starting to clear up as I'm sure it has in most rivers and bait present so good time to hit the lower limits in our rivers guys. Tight Lines.
A recent trip to the Tyenna River had me land this 9 1/2 pound brown not quite tipping the double figures..though loosing half a pound or more having nothing at all in it's stomach and being a tad slabby.
My best trout to date though hooked and lost some nice trout ( as the story always goes "THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY" ) but it took two goes to land this one as it did get away the first time but not far. The river was up and flowing pretty hard and i found a nice little eddy in which was resonably still and held a bit of structure a few small logs and things a good spot for a trout to be sitting I thought, i was right.
As soon as school finished, Bailey & I had a look at the Upper Nth.Esk River this afternoon. The river was still running clear despite all the rain, we found the fishing a bit hard. We managed five brownies up to around 2lb, all caught on black n gold t.tails. We dropped a couple as well.
We spent the much awaited opening day flicking a Rapala in the few hundred meters below the road bridge at Latrobe and found some good fish. I landed 5 fish between 1 to a bit over 4 pound, (2 being sea runners),.. lost a few as well in a hectic 3 hour season.
Arrived at 8:30 and caught the first at 9:30 so I don't think an early start is worth it until the water warms up a little, will be a great year for river fishing.
Tight Lines Guys,
Attached is a photo of 2 trout which I caught in the Derwent River about 2km above the New Norfolk Bridge..
They were caught on opening day of the trout season during the Derwent Valley Inter-club Challenge which was run by the NNLAA, the waters being from Below Meadowbank to the Tasman Bridge. Tight Lines!!
Ian Johnson - PS..we are about to eat them for Dinner!!
President Reg Travers sent me this photo today.
He fished the Derwent River this morning and landed four fish similar to this one, all around the four pound mark.
Lure of choice was Dale's Yep Hardbodys.
Well done mate,
We headed back up the Mersey this afternoon with Mr “Hard body Howard" and his son Trevor.
This was my second trip with them to this particular area and I have come to the conclusion that Dale only brings me to carry and clean his fish.
Once again he caught 99 percent of the 11 landed; he sure has this water sorted!
What a waste it was - a morning drive to fish the Meander River. It was a nice a day for fishing too. On arriving at the Meander about ¾ km above Barretts Bridge on Longridge Road I slipped into the waders and made my way down to the river bank. Just as I was about to slip into the river I could hear a noise coming up the river.
I received a phone call from Dale Howard yesterday, and in his usual unmistakable fashion he said, “whatcha doing tomorrow robot?” - (Don’t ask about the robot name), “because if you like, I will take you and our young blokes to one of my special spots on the Mersey for a couple of hours.”
Unfortunately, work all weekend prevented Trev and I from heading off too far,... up until this afternoon, so as soon as I knocked off we headed up to the Mersey for a look.
Waders on and a quick walk downstream for about a kilometre, working our way back up to the car.
Howdy fellow Fishermen - So, after not being out to have a crack at a Bream in over 8 months, I finally got to do so over the weekend.
I headed down to Hobart on Friday to pick up Isaac and head up the coast that night to chase some Bream on surface on Saturday. By the time Isaac knocked off work Friday arvo there was no need to rush to get up the coast as we were only camping to get an early start for the following day.
We went down the mouth of the Mersey River this afternoon to check out what the warm water has bought in. Hit the water around 7:30 till 9pm, (should have made a night of it but had to get the kids home). Caught 2 draft board sharks which the kids loved, not me so much, and a couple of snapper which put a smile on my face, they fight great and that tell tale head shake gets the adrenaline pumping. All fish caught on squid with just a standard paternoster rig. President Leigh
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With humid conditions I was undecided where to fish today, so tossed a coin heads will go to the Leven River and tails to the Meander River. Heads it was. On arriving at the Leven my usual area I fish was flowing very fast and having to cross it there was too risky, so I moved further upstream to another of my favourite fishing zones.
Some wise words written below fellow Presidents, luckily it has a happy ending. Thanks President Mick for the timely reminder as the warmer weather approaches.
I haven’t had many chances to get a lot of fishing in this year, but on Friday (after looking out the window all day at the glorious weather) I jumped in the car after work, packed in my fly rod and went for a look on the Macquarie near Cressy.
Bailey and I fished the Sth.Esk river for a couple of hours this afternoon, we were supposed to have a fish with Dale and Trev today, but looking at last night’s weather forecast for state-wide rain, I canned it for Bailey and myself.
Trev and I had a couple of hours fishing the Leven River on Sunday after a tip off from a mate at work.
The first fish caught was on the first cast of the day and it just got better from there!.
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